Many people have this misconception that their Windows PC would slow down over time. However, they don’t understand that the PCs of this generation don’t have to slow down and if something happens, it is due to various factors.
The first remedy for all slow Windows PC issues is to give your machine a reboot. If that doesn’t work out, move on to manually troubleshooting the problem. In the following article, we will be discussing some of the most common causes of slow Windows along with their remedies.
Remove Clutter with CleanMyPC
There is an easy way to cut down your work by using an automated application, CleanMyPC which gets the job done while also scheduling your PC for automatic cleaning. The suite also includes a variety of tools such as Clean Uninstaller which uninstalls the application while also removing the residual files left behind.
Manage the Resource-Hungry Programs
If you want to work without using a third-party program then you need to get to the bottom of the matter by looking up the application that is hogging down your CPU resources. It could be a runaway process or an application might be experiencing a memory leak. You can find the details in your Task manager. Windows 8.1 onwards, the interface has been upgraded and color codes the applications that are using a high amount of resources.
Close Programs hidden in the System Tray
Many applications have a habit of running in the background and are hidden neatly inside your system tray. Click the expand icon on your system tray and close down the applications that have no need of running in the background.
Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs
You can also disable the applications from starting up altogether which would help you save memory when the computer starts up while also allowing a quick boot up of your machine.
Windows 8 on-wards, there is a startup manager option present in the Task Manager which would allow you to select applications that start with your computer.
Reduce Animations or disable them altogether
The Windows Operating System uses a variety of animations that can have a negative impact on your machine’s performance. An example of this could be seen when minimizing or maximizing a window; without animations, the process is almost instantaneous. Disabling these animations would aid your computer in getting a positive bump in terms of performance. In order to do this, press the windows key coupled with x or if you wish you can right click the start button, access the system pane then hover to advanced system settings, then access the settings pane which is right under the header of Performance. After this, choose Adjust for best performance in order to disable all the visual effects. If you want to selectively inhibit certain animations then you can choose them from the custom tab.
Drop the baggage from your Web Browser
There is a fair deal of chance that your web browser is the cause of your machine feeling sluggish. In order to optimize your browser, it is recommended to use fewer browser extensions and add-on as these slow down your browser and use more memory.
In order to remove useless add-ons, you can check the Extensions or Add-ons tab depending on your browser. Apart from this, also consider enabling click-to-play plug-in which would disable flash content from loading up on its own and unnecessarily consuming CPU resources.
Monitor for Malicious Code
A common problem that affects systems all around the globe is the inoculation of malware into the computer. Maybe you have been accessing unsafe websites, downloading unverified files or perhaps it’s through an infected flash drive. Malware and adware can exploit various vulnerabilities in the system. Malware programs work by accessing your system resources in the background whereas adware works by pushing in unnecessary advertisements. In order to ensure the safety of your computer consider performing a scan by a good antivirus program while ensuring that the virus definitions are up to date. Furthermore, you should also consider a scan with Malware-bytes; this program works by removing unwanted programs that antivirus software tend to overlook.
Clear Disk Space
If your disk has run out of space, then your computer will run noticeably slower. In order to ensure that the system runs efficiently, consider making space on your hard drive. You can do this manually or use the default Disk Cleanup Tool present in Windows.
Defragment Your Drive
With newer versions of Windows, manual disk defragmentation has become unnecessary. However, older systems and more importantly mechanical hard-drives do require defragmentation to keep Windows operating smooth and stutter-free.
Uninstall Useless Programs
It is a rule of thumb to remove unused programs as they occupy unnecessary space and oftentimes are using the resources of your machine in the background. Programs have a tendency to clog the system due to auto start and context menu entries along with enrollment of system services. Deleting such programs would not only aid in achieving a smooth machine but also improve the security of your computer.
Reset Your Machine
Finally, if all things fail, you can consider making a clean install of Windows to fix the problem of a slow machine. In modern versions of Windows, a feature known as Reset your PC exists, which would instantly wipe your installed programs and system settings while saving your files.
Go from Mechanical to Solid
You might also consider bumping your system up from a mechanical drive to a solid-state drive to notice an incremental boost in your computer performance.